Efficient Dragon Boat Paddling Technique Part 2

So you have read Efficient Dragon Boat Paddling Part 1? What more can we add? You will discover from these blogs that visualisations are important.   Imagine your dragon boat has wheels and that your paddle will be catching in sand, not water. You have a full crew and...

Efficient Dragon Boat Paddling Technique Part 1

Does the following story sound familiar to you? You turn up at your first dragon boating session. Someone looks you up and down and says “You look like a 48”. You are handed a 48 inch club paddle which looks how you would expect it to look, and weighs what...

Paddling Technique

The most important skill to master in dragon boating is, of course, the stroke. The paddling technique is simple enough that a beginner can begin an approximation of the technique in his or her first few practices, but to move the boat with the power required in...

Blades, bodies and angles

Before examining how to paddle well, it’s important to note that when you move your paddle effectively and with power, you move a small amount of water backward, compressing it against the larger body of water behind you, thus thrusting the boat forward. The position...